Online course in Creative Arts & Media

Becoming a Better Music Teacher

Improve your teaching strategies and skills as a music teacher or vocal coach and learn how to inspire your music students

  • Duration 5 weeks
  • Weekly study 3 hours
  • Learn Free
  • Extra benefits From $69 Find out more

Learn new teaching methods to enhance your instrument or singing lessons

Vocal coaches and music teachers have an important role in improving their students’ ability to sing or play an instrument. On this course, you will learn to assess your current teaching strategies and look at new ways to engage your students during their lessons.

This course will offer instrument-specific advice and resources as well as guidance on how to plan music lessons within a broader curriculum. You will gain the confidence to challenge your existing practices and identify weaknesses in your own teaching style in order to become a more effective instrumental or singing teacher.

What topics will you cover?

  • Assess your current teaching
  • Explore and evaluate teaching and learning principles
  • Identify core musical skills
  • Evaluate your own technique
  • Develop a range of strategies for teaching technique
  • Explore links between motivation and progression
  • Increase your awareness of professional values and practice
  • Design a curriculum and devise lesson plans
  • Produce a personal development plan

When would you like to start?

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  • Available now
    This course started 18 Nov 2019

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Reflect on and evaluate your journey to teaching so far
  • Develop an understanding of a range of teaching and learning principles
  • Compare teaching and learning principles and develop your own teaching philosophy
  • Identify the core musical skills which need to be taught, considering how they inter-relate
  • Evaluate your own instrumental technique and assess how you approach teaching technique to your pupils
  • Explore the basis for motivation and how motivation is linked to progression
  • Develop an understanding of the role of assessment in progression
  • Assess your own teaching practice in the context of professional values and practice
  • Design a broad, individual learning plan for pupils with reference to short term goals
  • Engage with other teachers and contribute to discussion about professional development

Who is the course for?

This course is for all music and instrument teachers and vocal coaches. It’s ideal for both private teachers as well as teachers working in schools, music trusts or music academies.

Who will you learn with?

John Holmes

John Holmes

I am the Chief Examiner and an Executive Director at ABRSM. Previously a teacher myself, I’m passionate about nurturing and encouraging the next generation of teachers and musicians.

Rachel Cook

Rachel Cook

Hi everyone, i'm an instrumental teacher who happens to also have a day job at ABRSM. I'm responsible for day to day management of this course and I look forward to meeting you!

Jane Dennison

Jane Dennison

I’m ABRSM’s Educational Content Manager, responsible for devising our Professional Development Programmes for teachers. I’m passionate about supporting all who work in education.

Who developed the course?

The world’s leading provider of music exams, holding over 650,000 exams in over 90 countries each year. ABRSM makes significant donations towards music education initiatives around the world.

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